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For McGillivray, 2014 Boston Marathon Is More Than a Race

April 17, 2014 by Chris Lotsbom

(c) 2014 Race Results Weekly, all rights reserved. Used with permission.

Boston, April 16, 2014 -- There was a moment on Wednesday morning where Boston Marathon's race director, Dave McGillivray, had to pause and let out a deep breath. Stopping--even for the briefest moment--is tough for the energetic 59-year-old, who will be directing his 14th Boston Marathon next Monday.

En route to a press conference in downtown Boston, McGillivray was speaking to fellow Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Team USA Sets World Indoor Record in 4x400-Meter Relay

March 10, 2014 by NYRR staff

Team USA went into this weekend’s IAAF World Indoor Championships facing stiff competition in the men’s 4x400m relay.

All eyes were on the Jamaican squad, IAAF.org reports, and there was talk of a possible new world indoor record.

Indeed, Sunday, March 9, did see a new world indoor 4x400m record, but the speedy foursome doing the record-smashing were none other than Americans Kyle Clemons, David Verburg, Kind Butler, and Calvin Smith.

In the final event of Read More

Categories: Pro Athlete

Kiev Marathon Will Go On, Despite Ukrainian Tensions

March 07, 2014 by NYRR staff

Distance running tends to attract tenacious people, and nowhere is that more apparent than in Ukraine.

As Runner’s World reports, this year’s Kiev Marathon, scheduled for April 27, will go on as planned, even as tensions in the Ukrainian capital and throughout the former Soviet republic continue to make international headlines, stoking fears of out-and-out war.

Kiev has been a hotbed of protests for weeks, and following the ouster of Kremlin-backed Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovych, Read More

Categories: Marathon News

High School Track Star Kayla Montgomery Refuses to Let M.S. Slow Her Down

March 05, 2014 by NYRR staff

Even if she weren’t one of the roughly 400,000 Americans suffering from multiple sclerosis, Kayla Montgomery might be prone to collapsing after track races.

She’s the type of runner that gives it her all, and in the three years since being diagnosed with the disease, she’s gone from being one of the slowest members of the Mount Tabor High School track squad to winning a North Carolina state title in the 3,200 meters.

Montgomery won that championship Read More

Categories: Human Interest

Blind South African Runner Hein Wagner Readies for Antarctica Marathon

March 03, 2014 by NYRR staff

In 2008, when Hein Wagner set out to run a marathon on every continent, he had to have known it wouldn’t be easy.

After all, the 41-year-old from Cape Town, South Africa, is blind, and he relies on a guide to steer him through tricky terrain.

Wagner must also have known that the South Pole, where he will head later this month for the Antarctica Marathon, would prove especially challenging.

For starters, there’s that little matter of the Read More

Categories: Marathon News

Researchers Discover Fourth Type of Footstrike, Make Life Harder for Shoe Designers

February 28, 2014 by NYRR staff

The already “complex task” of designing shoes capable of providing proper cushioning for all types of runners just got even more complex.

That’s the word from Ghent University in Belgium, where a team of researchers led by U.S. biomechanics expert Ned Frederick claim to have discovered a new type of runner: the “atypical rearfoot striker.”

Previously, scientists had separated runners into three categories: rearfoot, midfoot, and forefoot strikers. Now, it seems, not everyone prone to hitting the Read More

Categories: Human Interest

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